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Apollo 8 Press Briefing 12 November 1968

Apollo 8 Press Briefing 12 November 1968

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NEWS
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.November
12,
1968
NlWS
BRIEFINGON
APOLIX)
8
MOON ORBITAL FLIGHTPARTICIPANTS
:
DR.
THOMAS
0,
PAINE, Acting Administrator, NASA
LT.
GENERAL SA
L
6,
PHILLIPS,
Apollo
Program
Director, NASA
MR.
WILLIAM C.
SC
,
Apollo
Miasion
Director, NASA
MR.
ALIPR&D
P,
ALIBRANDoz
Public
Affairs
Officer, NASA
 
2
the
press
ALIBRANDQt
Good
~rnin
e
ready
to
beginconference on
the Apoll
ion,
The
part
ieipants
thi
ill
be
Dr.
Thomas
Paine, Acting
Administrator;
Lt.
General Samuel
Phllll~s,
PO~~O
Program
Director;
and
Bill
Schneider,
Apollo
Mi
@ion
Director.
Dr,
Paine.
PAINE:
Good
morning. After
a
careful and thoroughexasination
of
all
of
the
system
and risks involved,
we
have concluded
that
we
are
now
ready
to
Ply
the
most
advanced
mission
for
our Apollo
8
launch in
December,
the
orbit
around
the
moon.Frank Bornan and
his
crew
and
all
of
our engineerrs
are
unanimously in favor
of
selecting
this
mission.
W
have
reached
this
conclusion
after
a
long
series
of
intensive investigations
of
the
status
of
our program,
the
flight
hardware,
ground support equipment,
stat
training.
The
timing
for
the
December
21
launch
is
conditioned
by
the
position
of
the
earth
and
the
moon and
the
sun.
It
is
designed
to
give us
daylight
in
the
launch
area
and
the
recovery
area
and then designed
to
give us
the
right
kind
of
photographic
and observation
light
on
the
surface
of
the
moon.
The
outbound
trip
will
occupy about
three
dags,
the
time
in
orbit
around
the
moon
will
be
about
a
day
involvingten
orbital
swings around the moon,
with
about
a
three-day
return,actually adding up
to
something just
slightly
oversix
days
to
the
recovery.
To
tell
you about
the
details
of
this
decision andnow
to
introduce
the
Director
of
neral Samuel
Phillips.
od
morning,
ladies
a
ntlemen.
The
cided
to
fly
with
Ap
as
designed. And
i
it
won't know
the
di
8
is
the
mission
ar
landing mission.
 
I
3
And
for
which
the
The
of
coume,
is
respects
the
missionexception in
the
c
10
spacecraft,
that
there
is
not
e
aboard,
and
the
command and servic
trip
to
the
moon without having
th
docked,
and
th
the
exception,in
most
important
respec
of
the
knowledge
will
gain,
it
is
thedesi
for
the
Apollo-Saturn
V
space
system,
Now,
we
have concluded,
as
the
total
Apollo
space
ystem
will
be
at
the
scheduled launch
time
on the
21s
I
would
like
to
t
e
some
time
thi
marize
the
important elemen
of
the
back
to
that
decision and
to
discuss
also
the
clusian,
Let
me
start
with
when
we
flew
Ago110
4,
which
consisted
o
and
the
017
spacecraft,
Th
being
the
first
Saturn
V
flight,
less
mission.
The
launch vehicle
t~at~~
ompletely
all
of
the
maneuvers and
perf0
the
ultimate lunar landing
As
far
the
launch
vshic
out
its
design mission,
The
spacecraft
017
flew
for
nearly
11
houon-board
program
control and under
remote
control
f
ground, and
performed
flawles
ly,
Among
it
many
demonstrationrs
,
it
demonstrated
the
high-speed
reentry
that
is
required
for
the
return
from
8
lunar mission,
Now,
you can
draw
many concl
m
that
missfon,but one
of
them
is
that
it
showed
th
Saturn
V
design
is
a
good
design,
Now,
in
April
of
thi
the
secondSaturn
V,
No.
502,
which
carried
the
btpac
t
020,
the

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